Get the latest news, activities, publications and events from our 2014 Spring Newsletter.

EPSRC Vacation Bursary

Following the success of our summer placement students last year [1] [2] we have recruited another student, through the EPSRC Vacation Bursary program, to help develop software to support user interaction within the Fully Immersive Virtual Environment (the CAVE).

Ed Norman, a 3rd year MEng student studying Artificial Intelligence, will join the Design Innovation Research Centre team for 10 weeks this summer to work on Digital Model Interaction: Towards a virtual reality toolbox for BIM data interaction.

Data in Construction event 16 April London

For further details on the Data in Construction - A G4C Constructing Excellence event please visit G4C website.

Great Railway Debate 18 March 2014

Great Railway Debate: How Britain's railways can meet the needs of the 21st century - This event, at 6pm on 18 March 2014 at the University of Reading, provides a briefing on the way in which the Railways are changing over the next 10 to 20 years, with the opportunity for the audience to ask questions and to express their own views. Professor Jennifer Whyte will be on the panel to talk about Digital Asset Information, discussing research on managing data from delivery into operations, alongside other speakers Rob Avery, Construction Planner for HS2; Terry Morgan, Chairman of Crossrail, Paul Newman, Network Rail. Chaired by Professor Stuart Green, this is the eighth in a series of similar events covering topics of general interest to both engineers and the general public, organised by the Engineering Institutions in the Thames Valley to demonstrate how engineering is contributing to developments in our railway system that will benefit the travelling public. For further information or to book to attend:

BIM Workshop

Leif Granholm, Senior Vice President at Tekla, Finland visited the Design Innovation Research Centre. He has been involved with the development of BIM related software since 1979, when he joined Tekla as Programmer, then IT Manager, Sales Representative, Senior Consultant, Technology Director and Director for both Public Infra and Energy/Utilities Business Areas. He has also worked as Managing Director for the Swedish Subsidiary and been responsible for Tekla's construction industry business in the Nordic and the Baltic countries. Leif also participates in the planning of Tekla's BIM strategy, implementation and support. He is Tekla's strategic level representative in Building SMART and also serves as Trimble corp:s representative in OGC, building SMART alliance and a number of ISO committees.

Leif Granholm met with those staff and students at the University of Reading whose research area is related to BIM and made a presentation on DRUM research project dealing with distributed information management in BIM, and web based BIM.

Building Safely by Design

A report on research by the team has now been launched by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) - see their press release, which links to the summary report . The full report is also available.

DIRC team feature in University Bulletin

This month's issue of the Graduate School Bulletin features an article on the front cover regarding the recent PhD Research Conference, which attracted over 250 research students from across the University. Energy Maradza, one of the Design Innovation Research Centre PhD Researchers, is pictured describing his work on BIM process standardisation in construction innovation systems as part of the poster competition.

In the same Bulletin Dr Maxwell Parfitt, one of the Design Innovation Research Centre Research Fellows was featured describing his work and experience since graduating. The article asks why Dr Parfitt chose the University of Reading for his PhD studies along with challenges he faced and advice for current 1st year PhD students.

Workshop on BIM

On Friday 1 November 2013, we will be holding a workshop on BIM. Among the speakers will be Rafael Sacks, Associate Professor of Construction Management at Technion University, Israel, John Messner from Penn State, Mervyn Richards, a new visiting professor at the University of Reading, Dragana Nikolic, lecturer in digital architecture at the University of Reading . The workshop participants will also take a tour to CAVE. Also some PhDs nearing completion will be presenting their work at the event. For more information and to register yur interest to participate please email

BIM and FM for university campuses

In July, the Design Innovation Research Centre will host an online workshop to bring together research-intensive universities in which scholars are collaborating with their university estates and facilities departments to understand the new practices of using Building Information Modelling (BIM), and related technologies such as laser scanning and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Facilities Management on university campuses. This workshop aims to enable them to share leading practice, and lessons learnt in using BIM on university campuses.

Award winning paper

Dr Sunila Lobo has recently won an award for a co-authored paper on privacy issues in Saudi Arabia. The paper titled The BlackBerry veil: mobile use and privacy practices by young female Saudis and published in  Journal of Islamic Marketing has won an award (Highly Commended Paper 2013) from the Emerald Literati Network, 2013 Awards for Excellence.




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